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Coronavirus can help us remember what it means to be a good neighbour

By Sr Jo Brady AS we face a pandemic in Australia not seen since the Spanish flu a century ago when 15,000 people died, we are being confronted by distasteful images of panic buying in supermarkets. The managers assure us there is sufficient food and essentials yet because of the panic buying we see our most vulnerable people without the ... Read More »

Feast of the Annunciation is reminder that Angel of Death does not get the last word

Annunciation by Titian

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge told hundreds live streaming the morning Mass from St Stephen’s Cathedral that the Feast of the Annunciation was the “word of reassurance” that stood in the face of the Dark Angel. His hope-filled homily came at a time when Australians were facing unprecedented isolation and fear, and Catholics across Brisbane archdiocese were barred from visiting churches. ... Read More »

Franciscan Friars look to postpone crucial collection for the Holy Land amid uncertainty

FRANCISCAN Friars in Jerusalem and around the world were set to postpone Good Friday collections that ordinarily went towards the upkeep of Holy Land sites amid “terrible uncertainty” caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Holy Land Commissary for Australia and Kedron parish administrator Franciscan Father Mario Debattista said the friars faced challenges from two directions. He said the friars did not just ... Read More »

Catholic career coach Megan Walk shares four tips for working from home

AS confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase exponentially around the world, more and more Australians are being asked to work from home to curb the spread of the virus. While a national lockdown has still been ruled out by the national cabinet, which is unconvinced of the effectiveness of a shutdown at this stage, many workers are bracing for ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory moderator reflects on first Sunday Mass offered in isolation

Fr Adrian Sharp before offering Mass in self-isolation

By Fr Adrian Sharp I am currently in mandatory self-isolation since I returned last Thursday after a couple of weeks in England visiting other Oratory communities. Thursday was the same day that the Archbishop, responding to the current health crisis, suspended the public celebration of Sunday Masses, as part of the Church’s attempt to limit social contact between people with ... Read More »

Churches are closed but not Christ’s life-giving waters, Archbishop Coleridge says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge presiding Mass inside a closed St Stephen's Cathedral

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spoken powerfully of the life-giving water of faith even in a disease-ridden world, during a live-streamed Mass from inside the city’s near-empty St Stephen’s Cathedral. Churches across the Brisbane archdiocese, like those across the country, are now closed in line with new restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus.  “The churches might be closed but ... Read More »

Parishioners grapple with last public Masses and Church gatherings before new normal sets in

WITH parishioners practicing social distancing, today’s last public Church gatherings proved bitter sweet as Catholics grapple with the new normal imposed by the coronavirus restrictions. “It’s a bit disconcerting that we can’t go to Sunday Mass. This hasn’t happened in my lifetime before,” Peter Owens said stepping outside the Brisbane Bayside’s Guardian Angels church. Opened in 1905, the heritage-listed church ... Read More »

Isolated because of coronavirus? This deacon’s book has you covered

WHEN Deacon Peter de Haas had an idea to write a practical handbook for Catholics geographically isolated from everyday parish life, he never imagined needing to refer to his advice weeks after it arrived from the printers. In 2016 the permanent deacon for Cairns diocese started writing a handbook based on his experience of providing spiritual and pastoral support to ... Read More »

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